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Brachiopod: Rhynchospirina Schuchert and LeVene

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Colour image of rock with brown and white fossilized shell
Brachiopod: Rhynchospirina Schuchert and LeVene. Silurian. Central Greenwich, New Brunswick. Collector: R.A. Porter, c. 1970. New Brunswick Museum (NBMG 9082). Specimen width 1 cm. Brachiopod fossils can be common in the Silurian rocks and have a fossil record back to the Cambrian Period. Brachiopods still exist today although most people are unfamiliar with them. They resemble clams in having two shells or valves that surround the body.